50 Gifts God Has Given Us

It’s Christmas which means three things: 1. The UPS man has been here more times than I can count. 2. I am desperately trying to find time to make Christmas cookies. 3. It’s time for my annual Christmas post. (If you’d like to revisit last years, just click HERE – A Letter To Mary.) So a few weeks back I asked the Lord, “What would you have me share this year?” to which one word kept coming to mind: gifts. Not surprising since I love presents and like to remind my husband on a regular basis “gifts” is indeed my love language. But gifts Lord? Yes beloved, gifts.

Well okey-dokey then, gifts it is. Never did I imagine the blessing that would come with studying the many gifts God has given us. It’s breathtaking. It’s humbling. It’s by no means exhaustive, but has served to remind me of the vast goodness of my God every time I’ve read through it. I urge you to not just read the first word but the verse too; that God’s love for you this Christmas might sink in a little deeper. But remember it’s through Christ Jesus alone we know and experience these gifts as God intends. So without further ado, I present you with 50 Gifts God Has Given Us:

  1. Light – “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:4-5
  2. Food – “The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.” Psalm 145:15
  3. Rest – “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
  4. Presence – “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
  5. Peace – “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27
  6. His Spirit – “And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:5
  7. Life – “I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus…” 1 Timothy 6:13
  8. Breath – “In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:10
  9. Steadfast love – “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” Psalm 107:1
  10. Mercy – “The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.” Psalm 145:9
  11. Warning – “For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.”” Hebrews 10:30
  12. A Future – “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” 2 Corinthians 4:17
  13. Rain – “He gives rain on the earth and sends waters on the fields.” Job 5:10
  14. His life – “Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28
  15. An eternal kingdom – “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32
  16. Justice – “And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?” Luke 18:7
  17. Victory – “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57
  18. Leadership – “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers to equip the saints for the work of ministry…” Ephesians 4:11-12
  19. Eternal Life – “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
  20. His Word – “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
  21. Riches – “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9
  22. Worth – “Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7
  23. Shelter – “For you have been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat…” Isaiah 25:4
  24. Counsel – “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8
  25. Possessions – “Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil – this is the gift of God.” Ecclesiastes 5:19
  26. Righteousness – “The righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction.” Romans 3:22
  27. Reconciliation – “More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” Romans 5:11
  28. Adoption – “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12
  29. Grace – “But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” Ephesians 4:7
  30. Evidence – “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” Romans 1:20
  31. Confidence – “By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.” 1 John 4:17
  32. Inheritance – “Born again…to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.” 1 Peter 1:3-4
  33. Acceptance – “But in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.” Acts 10:35
  34. Belonging – “And you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.” 1 Cor. 3:23
  35. Security – “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” John 6:37
  36. Wisdom – “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5
  37. Repentance – “God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.” Acts 5:31
  38. Kindness – “…for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.” Luke 6:35
  39. Unity – “The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one.” John 17:22
  40. Purpose – “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
  41. Freedom – “And by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.” Acts 13:39
  42. Strength – “I can do all things through him who strengthens” Philippians 4:13
  43. Hope – “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13
  44. Every Good Thing – “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17
  45. Children – “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.” Psalm 127:3
  46. Joy – “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” John 15:11
  47. Forgiveness – “For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:28
  48. Salvation – “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8
  49. Love – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
  50. A Sign – “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14

“And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12

Merry Christmas!